As the leaves begin to change and the temperature starts to drop, it’s a clear sign that fall is upon us. While the fall season brings with it beautiful scenery and cozy evenings, it also presents unique challenges for your vehicle. As a responsible vehicle owner, it’s essential to prepare your car for the upcoming season.
In this post, we’ll provide you with valuable tips to ensure your vehicle stays in optimal condition during the fall months…And if you’re not a DIY’er, take advantage of our FREE Seasonal Vehicle Inspection and allow us to do these items for you!
Check Your Tires
One of the most critical aspects of fall vehicle preparation is ensuring your tires are in excellent condition. As the temperature drops, tire pressure tends to decrease. Check the pressure in all four tires and ensure they are inflated to the recommended levels specified in our vehicle’s owner’s manual. Properly inflated tires provide better traction, which is critical as roads may become slippery due to rain and fallen leaves.
Additionally, inspect your tires for signs of wear and tear. Worn-out or bald tires can be dangerous, especially in wet conditions. If you notice uneven wear, consider getting a professional tire alignment. If your tires are approaching the end of their lifespan, it might be time to invest in a new set of all-season or winter tires for added safety.
Replace Worn Wiper Blades
Fall brings more rain, and those worn-out wiper blades you’ve been tolerating all summer will become a nuisance. Old wiper blades can leave streaks and reduce visibility in rainy or foggy conditions. Replacing your wiper blades is a simple cost-effective way to enhance your safety on the road.
Test Your Battery
Cold weather can be tough on your vehicle’s battery. Fall is an ideal time to have your battery tested to ensure it’s in good working condition. If your battery is older than three to five years, consider replacing it proactively to prevent any unexpected breakdowns during the colder months.
Fall is an excellent time to check and top off your vehicle’s fluid levels. This includes engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. Adequate fluid levels ensure that your vehicle operates smoothly, especially in changing weather conditions.
Brakes are crucial for your safety, and fall conditions, with wet roads and decreased visibility, require reliable stopping power. Have your brakes inspected by a professional to ensure they are in good condition. This includes checking brake pads, rotors and brake fluid levels. If you notice any unusual noises or reduced braking performance, schedule a brake inspection right away.
Check Your Lights
With shorter days and longer nights in the fall, your vehicle’s lights become even more critical. Ensure that all your lights, including headlights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, and hard lights, are functioning correctly. Replace any burnt-out bulbs and consider cleaning the lenses to improvise visibility.
As the fall season approaches, taking a proactive approach to vehicle maintenance is essential to ensure your safety on the road. By following these tips and consulting Lancer Service, you can keep your vehicle in excellent condition and enjoy a worry-free fall season. Remember that proper vehicle maintenance not only enhances safety but also prolongs the life of your car, saving you money in the long run. Stay safe and enjoy the beautiful autumn drives ahead!